In the broad sense, a mentor is someone who takes special interests in helping person to motivate
and develop him/her in to a successful professional. In the present scenario, the concept of
mentoring has found application in every forum of learning. In academics,�mentor�is often used
synonymously with�faculty adviser.�A mentoring relationship develops over an extended period,
during which a student's needs and the nature of the relationship tend to change. Mentor will try
to be aware of these changes and vary the degree and type of attention, help, advice, information,
In general, an effective mentoring relationship is characterized by mutual respect, trust,
understanding, and empathy. Good mentors are able to share life experiences and wisdom, as
well as technical expertise. They are�good listeners, good observers,�and�good problem-solvers of
mentees.�They make an effort to know, accept, and respect the goals and interests of the mentees.
At, VIPS, a systematic mentoring system is in place to ensure overall development of the
students, which includes personal, professional and career development. At present, there are
more than 600 students studying in different discipline and these students are monitored and
mentored by around 40 faculty mentors. Mentors will be in touch with mentees even after
completion of their degrees. Mentors collects the placement/higher studies details of the mentees,
shares job opportunities for needy people, invites them to participate in college events like
cultural fests, Technical talks, Alumni meets, etc.
The mentoring system functions as under:
- Faculty members are designated as mentors at their program level.
- Approximately 20 students are assigned for every mentor during the beginning of first
semester. The same mentor will be continued till the student leaves the college after
successfully completing their degree.
- The faculty mentor regularly interacts with the mentees assigned to him/her and guides
them with respect to their academic issues and sometimes on personal issues also.
- The mentor conducts three meetings per semester, normally within 10 days after the
completion of each internal assessment test. During the meeting, the mentor interacts
with all the mentees individually, listen to their problems, make efforts to address the
problems and also provide suggestions. The mentor also communicates the performance
in IA tests and attendance status of mentees to the respective parents.
- Wherever necessary, the mentor, in consultation with the HOD and the concerned Course
teacher, arrange additional tutorial or remedial classes.
- Mentors will also periodically communicate the circulars to the students related to
semester end examination, IA marks, internship, activity points, etc. and also monitor
their progress till the completion of their degree.